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Can data be recovered from a hard disk that has completely failed ??

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  1. primetime212

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    yes or no ?? My HD is unbootable and when switched as a slave makes a clicking noise when trying to access files and freezes...is data unrecoverable yes or no ?? any help is appreciated
     
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    An expensive data recovery centre probably could, but any home method is doomed.
     
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    Yes I believe you are looking at $1,000 minimum to get that data off professionally!

    I have read that folks with the same issue have been successful with the "freezing method". Google for it, or someone here may have detailed instructions.

    Basically seal the drive (wrap it up) in a plastic bag, put in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then connect as slave as you did & see if the drive will spin up and you can get that data transferred. Don't hang about, and it may be a once only option.
     
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    I have used the freezer method on my own drive - and it worked - until it thawed out so move quickly
     
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    Why would freezing the drive work ??
     
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    I don't know exactly why, but I guess that the mechanical parts of the drive have somehow seized - freezing the drive seems to allow the drive to spin again - at least temporarily.
     
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    I have recovered data from a drive using the freezer method, but its only effective for certain types of failure.

    There is no way we could guess if it would work for you, but its worth a try.

    Hard drives simply do not last forever, so frequent backups are essential. Newer hard drives seem to die at an alarming rate (reflecting the cheaper cost nowdays possibly)
     
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    hard drive platters are metal, cold makes metal shrink, if the problem with the drive is a physical defect that is blocking the head servo from moving, then shrinking away the surface of the drive from the head can resolve the issue
    Heard this from a person who works at a data recovery center
    problem is, the drive gets wrecked from condensation in the process, so don't do this with a drive you want to send out to a recovery service.
     
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    In my case the fault was in the drive electronics, and chilling the controller board allowed the recovery. It was likely a failed internal connection in one of the LSI chips that freezing temporarily cured.
     
  12. JaseFace

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    Good to hear.
     
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    ok and how do u freeze a drive, put it in the fridge? just that? and what about humidity? doesnt that damage the drive? or create a shock when electricity pass through?
     
  14. heavybob

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    that's it pop it in the freezer - and yes it will read post #10
     
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    Depends on how badly the drive is damaged you can also try to use a freeware utility an try to recover the software manualy
     
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